Massimo Luciani

The Machine prototype (Photo courtesy HPE. All rights reserved)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) presented a prototype of “The Machine”, the computer of the future announced in June 2014. It is a single-memory computer, which means it exceeds the division between RAM and mass memory with its 160 TB (TeraByte) memory, more than that of servers. However, this is not a memtor, the technology being developed that should best combine the benefits of RAM and mass memory.

Zuul crurivastator Skull (Photo courtesy Brian Boyle/Royal Ontario Museum)

An article published in the journal “Royal Society Open Science” describes the study of a dinosaur called Zuul crurivastator that lived about 75 million years ago in today’s Montana, USA. It’s an Anchilosaurus, a group of armored herbivores that appeared during the Jurassic period that lived until the end of the Cretaceous. The name Zuul is inspired by the monster of the movie “Ghostbusters” because the discoverers saw some similarities with it.

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke (Italian edition)

The novel “2010: Odyssey Two” by Arthur C. Clarke was published for the first time in 1982. It’s the second book of the Odyssey series in space and the sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Nine years have passed since the Discovery spaceship’s disaster and on Earth no one yet knows what really happened. The observations indicate that its orbit has become unstable with the prospect that it might falls to Jupiter. Its destruction would mean losing any hope of finding out what happened to the expedition.

For the USA it’s impossible to set up a rescue mission that could arrive in time while the USSR has already been setting one up for some time. Heywood Floyd and Dr. Chandra, the creator of HAL 9000, leave on the spaceship Leonov to Jupiter, where the Discovery is waiting for them but also the version of the monolith larger than that discovered on the Moon.

Roger Joseph Zelazny was born on May 13, 1937 in Euclid, Ohio, USA. Initially, his career as a writer was part time writing short fiction and only in 1965 a cut version of his novel “.. . And Call Me Conrad ” was published in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction”. In 1966 the novel was published as an integral version as a book with the title “This Immortal”. The novel won the Hugo Award.

In 1965 Roger Zelazny also published the novella “He Who Shapes”, winner of the Nebula Award, which was expanded into the novel “The Dream Master” in 1966. In 1967 Roger Zelazny published the novel “Lord of Light”, who won the Hugo Award.

In 1970 Roger Zelazny published the first book of his fantasy cycle of the Chronicles of Amber “Nine Princes in Amber”. The first five books, published in the 1970s, describe the adventures of Prince Corwin of Amber and are for this reason also called the Corwin series.

Roger Zelazny died on June 14, 1995 because of a cancer that also caused him kidney failure. Some works were published posthumously such as “Psycoshop” in 1998, a novel started by Alfred Bester.

Skull of the Homo naledi nicknamed Neo (Image courtesy John Hawks/University of Wisconsin-Madison/Wits University)

Three articles published in the journal “eLife” describe as many aspects of the research about Homo nalidi, the hominids discovered in the cave system called Rising Star in South Africa. The announcement of their discovery in September 2015 was accompanied by many questions. New fossils were discovered while the original individuals were dated between 236,000 and 335,000 years, relatively young considering their various primitive features.